More trouble for embattled lawyer, Rickey Tarfa; accused of bribing another judge

Rickey Tarfa
Rickey Tarfa

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, has slammed a fresh 27-count charge of corruption and bribery on senior advocate of Nigeria, Rickey Tarfa, accusing him of bribing another judge.

In the charge filed at the Lagos State High Court, the anti-graft commission accused the lawyer of bribing two federal judges to the tune of N8.83 million over a period of four years.

Court documents filed on Friday, seen by PREMIUM TIMES, alleged transfer of money in trances of mainly N1.5 million and N500,000 from Mr Tarfa’s bank account number 1002926967 with Zenith Bank, to Awa Ajia Nigerian Limited, a company allegedly owned by Justice Nganjiwa Ajiya of the Federal High Court.

An affidavit signed by G.O Adebola, an assistant detective commander, claimed that the lawyer started making the suspicious payments on  June 27, 2012 with the sum of N1.5 million from his account directly to Mr. Ajiya.

On the same day of the initial payment, Mr Tarfar, allegedly paid another N500,000.00 to Mr Ajiya.

Subsequently payment made to the judge were as follows:

Five hundred thousand naira paid on 6 August, 2013; N1.5 million paid on 29 January 2014; N835,000 paid on 3 October 2014; N500,000 paid on 22 December, 2014; N1.5 million paid on Awa Ajia Limited’s account number 0000971931 with Access Bank Limited paid on 27 October, 2015, N500,000 paid on 30th December 2015 to Awa Ajia Limited; and N500,000 paid to Awa Ajia 8th January, 2016, N200,000 to Justice Mohammed Yunusa on 30th November, 2015.

Other payments are: N500,000 paid on 15t December, 2015 to Awa Ajia Limited, and another N300,000 paid indirectly to Mr Yunusa, through Awa Ajia Limited.

The anti-graft agency claimed alleged that the monies were meant to subvert the course of justice as they were intended to refrain the judges from acting in the exercise of their official duties and therefore contravenes section 64 (1) of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, No. 11. 2011.

The charges also included three charges of refusal to declare his assets  contrary to section  27 (3) (c) of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission Act, 2004 and making false statement to an officer of the EFCC, contrary to section 38(2)(a) of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission Act, 2004.

The EFCC said Mr. Tarfa lied and made a false statement to Usman Zakari, a Senior Detective Superintendent of the commission when he claimed to be 43 years old.

This fresh 27-count charge comes on the heels of another on a two-count charge of obstruction of justice and attempting to pervert the course of justice the EFCC filed against the senior lawyer last month.

In the suit, the commission claimed that details of the lawyer’s call log showed that he maintained constant communication with Mr. Yunusa, a judge of the Federal High Court.

The EFCC further claimed that Mr Tarfa bribed the judge with N225,000.00 to give judgement in a case in favour of his client.

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  • Spoken word

    Senior robbers.

  • Omooba

    Expose the Pogrom in Ketu and Mile 12 too!

    Excuse me, please! I want to know why Premium Times is hiding the fact that Hausa assassins
    invaded Lagos yesterday. How can beheading be going on in the commercial capital city of
    Nigeria and it is not on the top page of Premium Times? Do you know that Ketu and Kosofe
    up to Mowe areas were invaded by the Hausa people beheading some Yoruba residents?
    Why are you hiding this thing from the general public? I saw some Yoruba families running
    to Cotonou yesterday after passing through the bush.

    I saw human body on the street
    with no head at all. They have cut the head and carried it away. Premium Times, help
    us in this area to tell the whole world what is going on here. This is like the same thing
    that happened to the Igbo people in 1966. So many houses now burnt. I can’t count.
    So many cars burnt too, so many Yoriba beheaded. Premium Times, help us please!
    This is like Pogrom of 1966 and Bola Tinubu says we are in APC alliance with Hausa.

    • nick

      is it the first time you are seeing headless human ….or is the first time we are having ethnic clashes in Nigeria..last two weeks almost 20 young men where hark to dead with there head taking off by their fellow cultist in ONELGA in Rivers state..what would u call the killers?Hausa assasin?stop playing politics and an ethnic bigot. .you should have told us you are more concern and pained bicos of Tinubu alliance with the north to defeat your hero GEJ

  • GO TO COURT PERIOD

    And, again, you don’t expect judges to perform magic or to do your work for you. You don’t also expect the judge to say that, ‘By all means, I am going to convict a person’, because he is docked by the EFCC. It must be decided according to the law. A judge would decide according to law and not according to the noise in the market place, not justice according to your intention but justice to according to the law, the Constitution and based on the counts before the court and also the evidence adduced. Justice cannot be in isolation, it cannot be in a vacuum. There is the danger in this country today because when someone goes to the dock, the next thing is prison. What differentiates human beings from animals is the rule of law. Both parties and sides must be heard. God did not condemn, God did not convict, God did not sentence Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden without hearing them. The danger of Nigerians wanting any person just to be convicted is that if it is Mr A today, it could be Mr B tomorrow. So we have to be careful. So why not charge him to court–Instead of using the media to raise the profile of efcc on this matter as if NBA is Ricky Tarfa and Ricky is NBA again?

    • Ochlab

      You are deri Obruka, you are Go To Court Period, who are you really? You are not to be taken seriously.

    • Felix J. O.

      This is one of the downsides of democracy- courts… where men, especially corrupt-minded Nigerians exploit the weakness and the imperfections of the justice system to their perfidious advantage. So you misbehave and then expect to be taken to court where you can infinitely delay or twist the arms of justice. Corruption thrives on these loopholes.

  • GO TO COURT PERIOD

    EFCC charge the matter to court—Premium Times is not the court of Appeal or the Supreme Court———————go and lay your case against Tarfa in court-

    • elnas

      EFCC has charged Tarfa to court and Premium Times is a media outlet that reports news in Nigeria not because EFCC took the case to them. Wetin u dey talk?

    • Observer

      this guy namumu, case weydon dey court

  • o.o. esquire

    @disqus_IU5znOohb5:disqus

    Ricky Tarfa is a rude challenge to everything decent. The portraiture in this indictment is more of a racketeer
    than a legal practitioner, since there’s nothing legal in wearing wig and gown to practise bribery. Ricky Tarfa must
    therefore be brought to heel, brought to justice, and later brought into a correctional facility to repair his damaged
    sense of right and wrong.

    The impression here is of a man who likely did the exams through proxies; got a law license
    in his own name, but who does not read or cannot read, and therefore does not know that justice is not for sale.
    Ricky Tarfa could have made fantastic success of his life running a pools-betting centre than stray into a decent
    profession of law which he has neither the head to understand nor the home-training to eke out his understanding
    of the Rules of Professional Conduct. So far, nothing attenuates the horrific specifics of TARFA’s infamous conduct.

    • ayo

      I cannot put it any better. You are bang on point…..

      • Lewis Eki

        IF RICKY TARFA HAS NO HEAD TO UNDERSTAND LAW AND DOES NOT READ OR CAN NOT READ,

        AS YOU SAID, THE INFERENCE IS THAT THE S.A.N MUST BE A DUBIOUS TITLE FOR DULLARDS ONLY.

    • Ashibogu

      Blessed be the womb that bare thee! Very lucid description of the Rickety guy. Even God frowns seriously at those who pervert judgement.

    • Motherland

      I wish i could share this. God bless you

    • whales1212

      Lol

  • nick

    Ricky controversial Tarfa…this man must have been in this game for years..no wonder he hardly lost cases…substantial evidences should be gather against this Ricky of a man….he need to be jailed…

    • Ashibogu

      He is a Rickety fellow! Rickety Ricky!

    • Lo

      Remember Atiku’s cases. This Sabateur Against Nigeria (SAN), won all Atiku’s cases against Federal Government.

      • TrueNja

        Searchlight should be on Wole Olanipekun, He is worst than Ricky Tarfa

  • Amir

    Saboteurs Against Nigeria. SAN

    • Dazmillion

      Very good.

      • desmond

        Excellent keep it up!

    • Lo

      Perfect!. Cheers!!

    • Motherland

      I love your submission. God bless you

  • Omooba Adekunle Orafidiya

    Rickey Tarfa cannot wriggle out of this. He was one of the many senior lawyers cited in the corruption case against dirty-looking, semi-literate former President of the Court of Appeal, (IN)Justice Ayo Salami. Tarfa Is surely jail-bound. So should several other so-called Senior lawyers who were using Ayo Salami to pervert justice.

    • Felix J. O.

      The best chance Buhari has to tame these law merchants in the country, they are his greatest problem in the war against corruption. Tarfa should be prosecuted…and made an example to his other colleagues.

      • okenwa

        Tell buhari to stop the unslaught of the murdering hausa/fulani herdsmen/millitias on christian nigerians otherwise he will not find anybody to govern in nigeria unless only his kinsmen at the time he would finish fighting corruption.

    • tundemash

      Dunce and what was Dumbo doing for 6 years preaching is no corruption ? This clamp down on corrupt lawyers is brought about by same man you wail over since your destiny was lost on March 28th.

      • George

        Which one is worst; a known boko Haram commander becoming a president or little lying lawyers?

        • Daniel

          Do we have any sense of morality in this country? Please your comments are repulsive. You don’t know your enemy.

        • tundemash

          Monkey, what are u struggling to say ?

      • Omooba Adekunle Orafidiya

        Fcuk your mum.

        • TrueNja

          Why cursing? You must be a trash.

          • Omooba Adekunle Orafidiya

            You and your parents are trash.

        • tundemash

          Is what you do to yours ? Omo Ole !

      • IZON Redeemer

        U look more like the dumb little Mugu the head of the efcc–all we are saying is charge them to court period–Premium Times is not-the court of Appeal to the conscience of the masses—go to court–and lay out your case-against Ricky Tarfa-Period–We are not going to buy into these 419 stories planted to confuse 9jas

        • tundemash

          Deri Oloshi, are Metuh, Dasuki, Moro, Dokpesi not charged to court?
          How many did Dumbo, the apostle of stealing is no corruption, charge to court in 6 years of drinking ogogoro at Aso Rock ?

        • Peter_Edo

          Dullard!

    • Sir Charles

      End Time!!!

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  • Dazmillion

    Where are the 90 Shameful Advocates of Nigerian (SAN) who escorted criminal Tarfa to court on the first day of his trial. I bet the cockroaches wont come out again since the light has been turned on.

    • Burning Spear

      There is the danger in this country today because when someone goes to the dock, the next thing is prison. What differentiates human beings from animals is the rule of law. Both parties and sides must be heard. God did not condemn, God did not convict, God did not sentence Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden without hearing them. The danger of Nigerians wanting any person just to be convicted is that if it is Mr A today, it could be Mr B tomorrow. So we have to be careful. So why not charge him to court–Instead of using the media to raise the profile of efcc on this matter as if NBA is Ricky Tarfa and Ricky is NBA again?…………………

      • Peter_Edo

        Spoken like a true scared wailer that has benefitted from stolen Nigeria’s funds…

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  • Hassan Lawal

    …ah! in a sane clime, this man is finished!

    • L. Sani

      @hassanlawal:disqus

      Nigeria is a sick society of madmen without specialists. On the one hand you have the fraudsters,
      who wreck the country in broad daylight and who go on to wangle or buy posts created for honour.
      But on the other hand you have the acquiescent masochists who enjoy being degraded, duped and
      robbed of a lifetime – who cannot find meaning for their own empty lives outside being trampled upon.

      Nigerians fear to raise a voice against those who oppress him but rather fall before those who ruin society.
      Nigerians do not know that freedom is not just a liberty to wander the face of the earth in rags and smells,
      as 90% Nigerians do, without feeling able to rail against evil in coordinated way to change their own world.
      For example, S.A.N title associated with this accused criminal for charged offences like giving cash bribes
      to Justices of the court is not worth having. But acquiescent Nigerians fear to say that obvious truth.

      After Ricky Tarfa, the S.A.N title awarded arbitrarily without any correlation to knowledge, clarity of thought
      or character – is a mess best got rid of. Anyone announcing himself from now on as S.A.N in a decent circle
      may likely provoke an uproarious laughter, just as would someone announcing himself at a decent wedding
      party with strutting gaits and in bespoke suit as a retard.

      • Burning Spear

        There is the danger in this country today because when someone goes to the dock, the next thing is prison. What differentiates human beings from animals is the rule of law. Both parties and sides must be heard. God did not condemn, God did not convict, God did not sentence Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden without hearing them. The danger of Nigerians wanting any person just to be convicted is that if it is Mr A today, it could be Mr B tomorrow. So we have to be careful. So why not charge him to court–Instead of using the media to raise the profile of efcc on this matter as if NBA is Ricky Tarfa and Ricky is NBA again?

  • Curious K

    Tarfa Balogun, Ricki Tarfa, pray, what is the meaning of Tarfa?

  • tundemash

    Maybe this also was contribution for burial expenses for this judge.

  • Nigeria4u

    EFCC is wasting Nigeria money on useless cases, intimidating and manipulating innocent Nigerians. Well, EFCC does not have any evidence to show that those fund transfers made by Tarfa were for bribery. If EFCC is serious about fighting corruption, they should investigate the sources of money spent on Buhari’s election campaign and stop all these unnecessary intimidation and manipulations that must back fire later.

    • Prophet

      The level of imbecility you are displaying is only surpassed by your nincompoopery!

      • Burning Spear

        There is the danger in this country today because when someone goes to the dock, the next thing is prison. What differentiates human beings from animals is the rule of law. Both parties and sides must be heard. God did not condemn, God did not convict, God did not sentence Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden without hearing them. The danger of Nigerians wanting any person just to be convicted is that if it is Mr A today, it could be Mr B tomorrow. So we have to be careful. So why not charge him to court–Instead of using the media to raise the profile of efcc on this matter as if NBA is Ricky Tarfa and Ricky is NBA again?…

    • Peter_Edo

      I pity your parents… Maybe you don’t know the law. First of all, judges are NOT meant to EVER receive money, gifts, etc from LAWYERS. It is the law. So Any evidence that shows a lawyer paying to a judge and the timeline is reflective of the Judge giving or stalling a judgement, then The JUDGE HAS A CASE to ANSWER !

    • okenwa

      I concour. Unless otherwise proven but when has a citizen transfering money to another citizen became a crime. They have the right to do business together irrespective of offices they held. Efcc must be careful in thier dealings otherwise they will find themselves paying huge tax payers money in damages.

  • TAWANDA INCOMMUNICADO

    “There is no smoke without fire” This Tarfa has been mentioned severally,he seems to be a very bad egg .

    • Tunji Olarewaju

      Everybody, tawanda don dey grow sense o!

  • Burning Spear

    There is the danger in this country today because when someone goes to the dock, the next thing is prison. What differentiates human beings from animals is the rule of law. Both parties and sides must be heard. God did not condemn, God did not convict, God did not sentence Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden without hearing them. The danger of Nigerians wanting any person just to be convicted is that if it is Mr A today, it could be Mr B tomorrow. So we have to be careful. So why not charge him to court–Instead of using the media to raise the profile of efcc on this matter as if NBA is Ricky Tarfa and Ricky is NBA again?

    • Paul Young

      please we are tired of this comment

    • whales1212

      Your common sense should have told you Adam and eve didn’t steal,they ate what God said they shouldn’t eat. These people are committing serious crime against the state.

  • Artful ºDodger

    Which Nigerian judge is not bribed? They are all as corrupt as the lawyers and accused bribing them. You are rich you go to court, you walk, be poor and you go to jail. That is justice Nigeria style!

  • Prophet

    We can imagine how this Ricky Tarfa kid boasts boasts to his hapless would-be clients of how he has never lost a case….thereby justifying whatever exorbitant hourly rate he charges them.
    Speculatively, he went around saying how “solid” his grasp of the legal system is due to his brain power!

    Tarfa……za su chi ubanka a chikin firsona!

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  • sammyctu ode

    Where are the corrupt NJC panel, How long will they have to wait before kicking Ricky tarfa and these disgraceful evil criminal corrupt judges out of the legal profession in Nigeria? By the time EFCC finish dealing with tarfa his so called corrupt chamber will be closed forever. NYC MUST ACT NOW BUT WHEN U HAVE THE LIKES OF ODILLI AJUMOGOBIA AND ADEMOLA STILL AS JUDGES THEN THE JUDICIARY WILL BE WORSE THAN THE POLICE WHEN IT COMES TO CORRUPTION. Ricky tarfa wanted to shield foreigners and he was exposed and now a ridiculed disgraced carpenter lawyer. If I am in that profession I will not employ any lawyer from Ricky tarfa’s blasphemous chamber. Where are those 90 senseless arcade nonenetities who accompanied him to court. They should hide their faces in shame forever and their children should publicly flog their assets 100 strokes of koboko.

  • Rommel

    Why is Ricky Tarfa not behind bars?